The kingdom within

“…the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:21

On Christmas Day the presents were wrapped with care. Some had beautiful bows and ribbons, some are plainly wrapped. But the beauty of the outward package does not always predict the delight that will be produced by what is inside.

So also is the work of God. His most important work is hidden deep inside us. We look at each other and see the wrapping, and, most of the time, we can only guess what is inside. The scriptures tell us that the children of God will be revealed. What does that mean? That means that the great work of God inside you and inside me will someday put on display. The wonder of His love will sweep away our sins, our shame, our mistakes, our inadequacy, and who we truly are will be revealed.

To me this is a comfort. I’m sometimes misunderstood. Sometimes I stumble, sin and make stupid mistakes. But the kingdom of God is within me. And His kingdom shall prevail.

Bible trivia:
Answer from last time: The seven sons of Sceva attempted to expel a demon from someone using the name of Jesus without having a relationship with Jesus.
New question: What happened at the Kerith Ravine (Cherith Brook)?

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